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Narrative Analysis

General information

Semester WS 2019/20
Home institute Englische Literaturwissenschaft
participating institutes ZZZ_Literaturwissenschaft (Anglistik/Amerikanistik)
Courses type Exercises in category Teaching
First appointment Thu , 24.10.2019 17:30 - 19:00, Room: (D, 1003)
Learning organization regular attendance, short presentation, final exam
Performance record Portfolio
Hauptunterrichtssprache englisch
Literaturhinweise A reader with assorted texts will be provided on Digicampus.
ECTS points 2-4



Thursday: 17:30 - 19:00, weekly (from 24/10/19)

Course location

(D, 1003)

Fields of study


This course aims to introduce central principles of narrative analysis and deepen students’ knowledge of these categories.
Key areas are:
- Narrative situation (Who speaks? Who perceives?)
- Strategies of rendering consciousness in narrative
- Time and space in narrative
- Unreliability
The basic framework will be provided by Gérard Genette’s structuralist model of narratology (which we will compare against Franz K. Stanzel’s triadic model of narrative situations), but where appropriate other relevant narratological theories will be introduced.
Besides reading and discussing the theoretical foundations of narrative analysis, there will be a focus on applying the analytical tools provided by narratology, which means students will get ample opportunities to practise their newly gained knowledge. The analytic framework this course seeks to trace is fundamental for a profound understanding of all narrative fiction and is therefore essential both with regard to writing term papers on prose texts and with regard to the analytical skills required in the state exam.
Narrative Analysis is one of the five major areas relevant to literary studies (prose, drama, poetry, film, and literary theory) and is usually offered once every year. Students are advised to have attended all analysis courses before registering for their final exams.

A reader with select texts (primary and secondary) will be made available.

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Current number of participants 24
expected number of participants 25